Writing for Environmental Justice Soyeon Lee and Lauran Kerr-Heraly @ HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Environmental Justice Projects

During the spring semester of 2020, HCC students in English and History courses created Environmental Justice Projects. This place shares trajectories of faculty-led collaboration to engage students in integrative learning and service learning projects.

Introduction: What is Integrative Learning?

Integrative learning is to engage students with interdisciplinary projects through innovative design thinking process and problem-solving inquiry. This learning can be facilitated by faculty-led cross-collaborations and students-led intellectual interactions.


Service-Learning Projects

One: Why I do Service Learning

  • student engagement
  • student retention and completion
  • community outreach
  • soft / marketable skills

Two: How I integrated service learning

  • Project
  • two tracks / student choice,
  • relevant writing
  • unit focus

Why we decided to collaborate

Theme of course(s): Environmental Justice

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"Environmental justice the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies" (US EPA)

1) "the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards"

2) "equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work."

  • Working with students in climate change
  • Engaging students in public spheres and a social justice paradigm
  • Guiding students to generate their projects and build a writer's identity

ENGL 1302: Environmental Advocacy Writing

Sustainability Studies and Civic Discourses
Composition as Design Discourses

HIST 1302 Research Topics

20th Century United States history through the lens of Environmental Justice


Writing a paper

Creating a maker space product

Creating Adobe Spark webpage

Social media campaigns


Writing techniques

Historical background

Further Integration

Librarians, Women's/Gender Studies and African American/Africana Studies, Makerspace IdeaStudio

Guest speaker

Evaluation of our experience so far

Cultivating critical perspectives, multimodal writing, and a sense of belonging

Providing a concrete example of bridging writing pedagogy and fabrication processes (makerspaces)


What words come to mind if you hear the term environment?

In your discipline, how can this theme be played out?

What key terms or key concepts can be used for creating a integrative course design and students' innovative projects?

Contact: soyeon.lee at hccs.edu or lauran.kerrheraly at hccs.edu


Created with images by Chris Barbalis - "This file is autorized by email" • Green Chameleon - "Designer sketching Wireframes" • Ishan @seefromthesky - "Please don’t throw plastic, the harm will be faced my the next generation, not you and me." • Shane Rounce - "Team building at RGB Parkour Tour back in 2014." • Bookblock - "Weskin Notebook" • Ivan Bandura - "Forest's edge" • geralt - "business establishing a business startup"